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Bay of Islands & Cape Brett Tour from Auckland

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Duration: Approx 12 hours
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  • Cruise the glorious Bay of Islands in a luxury catamaran with an expert crew
  • Sail through the famous Hole in the Rock – one of NZ's most famous off-shore experiences
  • You will be served a packed lunch as you enjoy your scenic cruise
  • Visit Waitangi – the birthplace of New Zealand

Head north from Auckland to the bewitching Bay of Islands where the skies are a brilliant blue and the sea sparkles like diamonds.

Stop at historic Waitangi, birthplace of the New Zealand nation. See the former Resident’s house, now a Visitor Centre. Learn about Maori culture and the story of the all-important Waitangi Treaty.

Then board a luxury catamaran for a delightful cruise through pristine waters to Cape Brett Lighthouse. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting wildlife such as seals, dolphins, penguins and other seabirds.

After passing Motukokako Island the excitement grows as you make a passage through the famous "Hole in the Rock", before sailing on to Grand Cathedral Cave.

Enjoy a picnic and relax on board as the catamaran meanders gently through the Bay of Islands on the return to port.

Customer reviews

Excellent - One of the better tours nI have undertaken. Excellent Driver/Guide. Very Informative and made everyone feel welcome. The coach was very clean and the driver ensured...

John McFarlane Australia
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Fantastic! Relaxing, very scenic and fun. Let you experience the Auckland islands with a new perspective. Photo geeks will love the scenery. Tasty lunch. Only disappointment was...

Paulette E Fitzgerald United States
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For your Bay of Islands & Cape Brett Tour from Auckland you will be picked up from your hotel in downtown Auckland at around 0645h (06:45am). Alternatively you can meet the coach at Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland, at 0730h (07:30 am).

Your route takes you across Auckland Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay Of Islands. The journey takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes. A brief stop (time permitting) will be made at the Parry Kauri Park where you can view some of the world’s biggest trees – the magnificent kauri, a native of New Zealand.

Seven hundred years ago Bay of Islands was the landing point for one of the large Maori migration canoes bearing members of the Ngapuhi Iwi (tribe). In 1769, it was visited by Captain Cook, who gave the area its name. Later the Bay became the first part of New Zealand to be settled by Europeans.

You will visit Paihia, one of the earliest New Zealand towns, and Waitangi, the “birthplace of the nation”, where the Treaty of Waitangi between the Maoris and the Europeans was signed in 1840.

You will visit the Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds. Features of interest include:

The Treaty House : one of New Zealand's oldest historic homes

Te Whare Runanga: fully carved Maori Meeting House

• One of the world's largest Maori ceremonial war canoes

• Naval Flagstaff marking the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed

Then board a high-speed catamaran for a cruise in the Bay of Islands. Your boat will whisk you through clear blue waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.

At Motukokako Island you will sail right through the famous Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) and on to the Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return journey you will go more slowly and meander through the inner islands.

The crew will tell you about the local history and ecology and you will may see a variety of marine wildlife including whales, seals, dolphins, penguins, and other sea and bird life. A picnic lunch is provided on board.

On completion of your cruise, rejoin your coach for your return journey to Auckland. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at the place where you were picked up.

Please note
Upon arrival in Auckland, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location.
Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding.

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a coach
  • English-speaking driver/ guide
  • 4-hour catamaran cruise
  • Packed lunch on cruise
  • Admission to Waitangi
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Approx 12 hours
Start time
0730h (07:30am) from Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Hotel pick-ups commence 0645h (06:45 am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in inner Auckland
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Alternatively you can be picked up from SkyCity Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland
Ending point
The tour ends at your hotel in Auckland or SkyCity Travel Centre
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Dos & Don'ts
Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothing. Bring swimming gear and sun-lotion. Don’t forget the camera!

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